5 Best Landmarks for the Bank Holiday

From Georgian apartments to Scottish country-houses

The May bank holidays are around the corner so we've rounded up the best Landmarks to make sure you're making the most of your extra day off.

1) Marshal Wade's House, Bath (sleeps 4)

In the mood for a bank holiday city break? Marshal Wade's House is located right in the centre of Bath, overlooking the beautiful Bath Abbey. This 18th-century apartment was built for George Wade, the British army officer who built the military roads through the Highlands in the 1740s. You'll be ideally placed to explore the World Heritage city of Bath. The ancient Roman Baths are a few steps away and you can take a dip yourself at the Thermae Bath Spa while enjoying spectacular rooftop views of the city.

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Available 29th - 31st May

2) No.1 Hawker's Cottage, Cornwall (sleeps 5)

This cob and thatched cottage is suited to those looking for something more peaceful. Hawker's Cottage is on the edge of Coombe in Cornwall, a small hamlet at the junction of two wooded valleys and half a mile from the sea at Duckpool. The poet Reverend Hawker briefly lived here in the 1820s. The bedroom is said to have been his study. Some of the county's finest beaches are close by - Sandymouth Beach is just a 20 minute drive away. If you're looking for something more historical, the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, Tintagel, is close by.

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Available 29th April - 3rd May

3) Stogursey Castle, Stogursey (sleeps 4)

Stogursey Castle is perfect for families wanting to explore the Somerset countryside. This small thatched dwelling was once the gatehouse to a medieval castle. King John is said to have dined here in 1210 and it played a minor part in the Wars of the Roses when it was inherited by the Northumberland Percys. From here, you can explore the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Equally close by are The Walled Gardens of Cannington in the grounds of a medieval priory. No trip to Somerset is complete without a visit to Glastonbury Abbey, only a 30 minute drive from Stogursey Castle.

Book your stay at Stogursey Castle here

Available 29th - 31st May

4) 45a Cloth Fair, London (sleeps 4)

London on a bank holiday may elicit fear in some, but 45a Cloth Fair is tucked away around the corner from Smithfield Market, away from the hustle and bustle. This row of Georgian houses is the only remaining building in the City built before the Great Fire of London. Across the street is the churchyard of St. Bartholomew the Great, the oldest parish church in the City of London. St. Paul's Cathedral and Temple Church are both within walking distance too.

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Available 29th April - 3rd May

5) Auchinleck House, Ochiltree (sleeps 13)

Get a group of friends or family together and head up to Ochiltree in Ayrshire to banquet in James Boswell's family seat. With its own grounds, river, ice-house and grotto, this 18th-century Landmark offers an authentic country-house experience. Boswell and his mentor Dr. Samuel Johnson frequently argued politics in its grand library, which looks out to the Isle of Arran. 

Auchinleck House has more than enough to keep you occupied, but the surrounding Ayrshire is teeming with history too. Dean, Culzean and Dundonald are just some of the castle scattered throughout the area. You can discover the life and works of Scotland's national poet at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. For something more modern, check out The Baird Institute and The Maclaurin Art Gallery for contemporary exhibitions and events.

Book your stay at Auchinleck House here

Available 29th April - 3rd May

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